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Welcome to your EHS Certification Pathway

Next Training: Spring 2020, Novato, California

The only way to become a Certified Equine Hanna Somatics Educator is via the training conducted by Novato Institute Director and Equine Hanna Somatics practitioner Eleanor Criswell Hanna Ed.D., co-taught by certified Equine Hanna Somatics Educator Alissa Mayer.

The EHS Professional Training and Certification Program is a 3-module 3-year course, offered each Spring in Novato, California.

Classes will be Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The program begins with an introduction to the principles of Equine Hanna Somatics. Other topics addressed will be the history of Equine Hanna Somatics, equine anatomy and kinesiology, somatic horse handling, safety, EHS basic protocols, Hanna Somatics for riders and horse handlers, the nature of the horse and learning, herd dynamics, equine neurophysiology, conformation/posture, assessment, equine somatic issues, ethics, legalities, practice building, and others.

Each day will be divided into two sections: The morning will be devoted to practice with horses; the afternoon will be lecture, discussion, and somatic exercises for equestrians.

Tuition for each of the three modules is $750. Participants are required to have experience with horses.

Apply to the EHS Professional Training Program

If you are interested in attending, please call (415) 897-0336 or email Eleanor at A telephone interview is necessary for acceptance into the program. If you are accepted into the program, a $200 deposit is due in advance. Please mail payment to: Novato Institute 1516 Grant Ave., #212, Novato, CA 94945. We will mail you a confirmation card. Checks received after the training is full will be mailed back to you. For late registration, please phone to see if there is space available. 

EHS Training Program

• Three 5-day modules offered once per year in Novato, California

• Each Module is 35 class hours 

+ self study assignments between modules


Suggested Prerequisites:

• Somatics by Thomas Hanna

• EHS Session 1 by Eleanor Criswell Hanna & Alissa Mayer

Module 1:

Conformation, Posture & Movement Assessments and Palpation

Somatic Horse Handling

Intro Equine Neurophysiology

EHS Basic Protocols 1-4

(Ideal, Red Light, Green Light, Trauma/Asymmetry)

Module 2:

Case Conferencing

Hanna Somatics for the Rider

Equine Somatic Issues

Adv. Equine Neurophysiology

EHS Advanced Protocols 5-6 (Thoracic Limb, Head & Neck)

Module 3:

Case Conferencing

Sport/Performance Enhancement

Research & Practice Building

EHS Advanced Protocols 7-8

(Hind Limb, Barrel)